Beehive Basin

Big Sky, Montana 59716

Beehive Basin

Beehive Basin Professional Review and Guide

"Beehive Basin sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains in the Spanish Peaks Primitive Area. At 9,200 feet, this top-of-the-world hike takes you to alpine meadows covered with wildflowers, tall stands of evergreens and a tributary of the Middle Fork of the Gallatin River. At the trail’s end are wide open vistas and an unnamed lake.

From Four Corners 9 miles west of Bozeman, take Highway 191 south towards the Gallatin Canyon. Drive 33.8 miles to the Big Sky turnoff on the right. Turn right and continue 10.1 miles to the Beehive Basin turnoff on the right. (The turn is located 1.3 miles beyond the Big Sky Mountain Village turnoff and 30 yards before the Moonlight Basin Ranch entrance.)"

Beehive Basin Reviews

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Big Sky Country is the best. I love it here! There's so much pretty scenery everywhere and many opportunities to see wildlife. We saw moose here, caught a glimpse of a bear, and the meadows are rich with wildflowers. It always depends on what kind of shape you are in, but I would rate this as a moderate hike, with some challenging/strenuous parts. It can get hot so I try to hike here when it is cooler. It is a beautiful place from start to finish.
6 mile round trip to the lake. Beautiful day with an early start. It gets real busy after 10AM. Moderate hike, climb is about 1300 feet. Great diversity of high country scenery. Well worth the grunt!
moderate hike, incredibly picturesque with variable terrain, creeks, mountains, valleys. great out and back total 6 mile hike.
nice trail that has spectacular views of 10,000 foot peaks in the distance. has a gradual incline (not steep) in the first mile, but then levels out when you get up to the meadow. Saw a moose on the trip as well. Only bummer about the trip was we were not able to complete the hike ---there is a lake at the end. The snow would have been up to our knees (mid-July). Would have rated higher, but didn't get to do the entire hike.
Great Trail! I used to live in Big Sky and I still go there often to visit friends and family. I am very familiar with this trail having done it many times. Its pretty easy and a nice trail. I recommend if you are up for it to climb up to the top of the ridge at the end of the hike for a close up of mountain goats and amazing views of the surrounding mountains and hidden lakes in the distance.
Enjoyed this trail very much. Saw little wildlife aside from ground squirrels, birds and a martin, but saw bear tracks as well as perhaps wolves or coyotes and elk, bison and deer tracks. Encountered many other friendly hikers as well as a real variety of weather...from very warm to sleet and snow. Seems best to go in the am. Was also suggested to carry your fly rod for some fishing on the glacial lake. The trout are small but game!
Very nice hike near Big Sky ski area. Driving dierections very accurate. A beautiful glacial lake at the base of the cirque at the top of the hike. Hike goes up a "U" shaped glacial valley. Snow still present in late July. Because of the high elevation hikers might want to get somewhat acclimated to elevation before doing this hike.
This is an awesome trail, with plenty of wildflowers and a beautiful lake at the end. The trail is not long, but a steady climb the entire way. If you are quiet you see moose along the trail.

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Trail Information

Big Sky
Nearby City
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Best May to October
U.S.G.S. Lone Mountain - Rocky Mountain Surveys Spanish Peaks
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Jul 2018